We are excited to welcome our newest Program Coordinator to the SAE team! Since he came to the United States as an international student from Mexico, Deir has an inside perspective on what many of our exchange students are feeling as they come into the United States. We sat down to ask him a few questions about his experience:
What was it like to come to the US as a college student?
“It was pretty cool – I think it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. It helped to have an open mind and open heart to try everything. It definitely paid off!”
What has surprised you the most about American culture?
“Americans seem to need so much space!”
What was the biggest culture shock you felt?
“Going to college in Missouri, there was a huge lack of awareness about authentic Mexican food. There were restaurants that claimed to be authentic and they definitely were not.”
What have been your favorite and least favorite things about living in the United States?
“One of my favorite things has been the security that comes with living here. Also, Americans seem more open minded to different cultures and more willing to talk to strangers and I like that. My least favorite thing is transportation. Where I’ve lived it’s been hard to get around and public transportation has been lacking compared to other places around the world.”
What’s one thing you think people should know about international students?
“One big misconception I found was that people often assume you are immediately well aware of the culture and able to get along with no problems. It’s an adjustment, and I think it’s important for people to understand that about exchange students.”
For more information on how you can get involved in our programs, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org today!